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Current concepts in imaging of tendinopathy

Lookup NU author(s): Angela Grainger


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With the rising popularity of recreational sports, radiologists are being asked to image tendons with increasing frequency. Recognition of the critical link tendons provide between muscle and bone has also led to a better understanding of the processes leading to tendon damage. While plain radiography and CT have only a Limited role to play in the diagnosis of tendon abnormality, the improvements in ultrasound and MRI technology mean that tendons can now be demonstrated in exquisite detail and previously undetectable abnormalities are readily demonstrated. This article reviews the structure and pathological processes affecting tendons and discusses the role of imaging in their assessment with an emphasis on ultrasound and MRI, (C) 2001 The Royal College of Radiologists.

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Author(s): Campbell RSD, Grainger AJ

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Radiology

Year: 2001

Volume: 56

Issue: 4

Pages: 253-267

ISSN (print): 0009-9260

ISSN (electronic): 1365-229X


DOI: 10.1053/crad.2000.0653